We camped here over the 4th of July weekend. We had backup reservations at North Summit lake but happily took one of the 12 open and non-reservable spots at Manzanita lake in Loop D, which is for tents only. The weekend was crowded with rowdy college age groups but they all cleared out Sunday morning so the rest of our five night stay was quiet. The spaces vary, some are large and fairly private, others are squished tightly next to another space. We thought D-12,D-14, D-18, D-30 looked to be the most spacious, private and shady. Also C-20, C-22, C-26 were good but in the mixed RV and tent loop. We didn't like any of the spots in Loop A or B. We noticed that the mixed RV loops were noisier and the groups larger. We wanted to be at this campsite because of the proximity to the showers and the store. The showers cost $1.50 in quarters for 3 minutes. Each 30 seconds after that is a quarter. There are four single stalls and one handicap stall. We showered in the late afternoon after hiking, and only once was there someone else in there besides myself. They are busy early morning and at night. The store is tiny. They have eggs, milk, canned good, beer/wine, hot dogs, bacon, and fresh pasta. Also some sad looking veggies/fruit and a few toiletries. No steaks, chicken, etc. There is a large supermarket/hardware store located 17 ,miles away in Shingletown right at the 76 gas station. They seem to be the best stocked. The wood costs $10 per bundle and ice $3.50 per bag. Also the gas at the store was competitively priced, which surprised us. You don't really need to buy wood this year if you bring a small saw. The trees all along the mountainside where the camping spots back up against have been thinned and they left the thin logs in hug piles to be used by campers. Some people were killing themselves with axes, but we found a folding saw was quick and very easy. One thing we would consider next trip is staying either at Summit Lake or the Southwest walk-in campground. They are both much closer to basically all the hiking to be done in the park. Summit Lake was very sunny and Southwest almost total shade. We found that by staying at Manzanita Lake we had to drive about 45 every morning just to get to the trail heads. We would then try and take towel baths to avoid having to drive so far to shower. All in all a great experience and we can't wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This facility is open for camping with full services from June 1 through September 30. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Manzanita Lake Campground Hotel Lassen Volcanic National Park